Dimension Data to become Team NTT in 2020

Dimension Data to become Team NTT in 2020

George Smith 17 Jul 2019 Currently having a lacklustre Tour de France after making the mistake of leaving Mark Cavendish at home, Dimension Data announce a rebrand South African-registered WorldTour team Dimension Data are to be rebranded as Team NTT for the 2020 season and have announced that Matteo Sobrero, 22, and Samuele Battistella, 20, will step up from their Continental feeder team to the WorldTour. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), a large telecommunications company, has been the parent company of Dimension Data since 2010, with all Dimension Data operations excluding those in South Africa and the Middle East becoming a full part of NTT at the start of July 2019. The change in name is only being billed as a rebranding, with senior figures and operations at the team likely to remain unchanged into the new season. The announcement of the change was dominated by the news that young ...

Read on Cyclist More Like This


The winners and losers of the 2019 Tour de France, so far

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2019 In every walk of life there will be your winners and losers and the Tour de France is no different From Brussels to Albi with La Planche de Belles Filles in between, the Tour de France has navigated Belgium and France for the past 10 days and the excitement has been palpable. We had Eddy Merckx at the start in Belgium, we have had three wearers of the yellow jersey, 10 different winners in 10 days and five riders waved goodbye to the race. It’s looking increasingly likely that Team Ineos/Sky/Deathstar will be wearing yellow in Paris once again and it looks just as likely that French hearts may be broken for a 34th year in a row. Obviously, this is all guesswork but the last 10 days has produced as many winners and losers as a day at the races. Below, Cyclist looks at ...

Read on Cyclist More Like This


Chaos, hangovers and suffering: Riders reflect on their Tour de France debut

It’s been a great July for Tour de France debutants. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) have ridden to impressive stage victories. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) spent some well-earned time in the yellow jersey. They won’t soon forget their maiden rides in the sport’s biggest race. But then, what rider wouldn’t remember their Tour … The post Chaos, hangovers and suffering: Riders reflect on their Tour de France debut appeared first on CyclingTips .

Read on Cycling Tips More Like This


How can Michael Matthews beat Peter Sagan for the green jersey?

We’re only six stages into the Tour de France and it already looks like Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will win a record-breaking seventh green jersey. Sagan’s consistency — four top-five finishes since the start in Brussels, including his win on stage 5 — gives him an early 46-point lead in the battle for green. If that … The post How can Michael Matthews beat Peter Sagan for the green jersey? appeared first on CyclingTips .

Read on Cycling Tips More Like This


Viviani to leave Deceuninck-QuickStep despite Tour de France success

Elia Viviani greets team manager Patrick Lefevere at the Gent Six Day

Elia Viviani has confirmed he will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep in 2020 despite his sprint success at the Tour de France , with team manager Patrick Lefevere admitting he does not have the budget to match the offers of other teams keen to sign the Italian. Viviani told Cyclingnews on Monday that the Tour de France would decide his future, with further sprint success only raising the vale of his next contract. Under UCI rules, Viviani cannot announce his future team until August 1 but Cyclingnews understands he has reached a deal with Cofidis, who are set to step-up to WorldTour level in 2020 and have the backing of the French loan maker until 2021. Lefevere, who has also confirmed that Viviani will move on, is keen to sign Sam Bennett from Bora-Hansgrohe. He also has Alvaro Hodeg and Fabio Jakobsen already on his books but is likely to lose lead-out man ...

Read on Cycling News More Like This


50 years on, Merckx’s legendary status gets fresh recognition

photo

With Mark Cavendish's chances of matching Belgian's 34 Tour de France stage wins looking slim, Eddy Merckx's prowess is being given a new lease of life. Read the full article at 50 years on, Merckx’s legendary status gets fresh recognition on VeloNews.com .

Read on Velo News More Like This


Dimension Data at odds over Cavendish omission from Le Tour – ‘Cowards can’t hide forever’

Dimension Data at odds over Cavendish omission from Le Tour – ‘Cowards can’t hide forever’

Fallout continues as team officials weigh in with opposing views on the possible mishandling of the ‘Manx Missile’, with Mark Cavendish’s own wife joining the fray.

Read on Cycling Central More Like This


Argy bargy over Cavendish omission from Le Tour – ‘Cowards can’t hide forever’

Argy bargy over Cavendish omission from Le Tour – ‘Cowards can’t hide forever’

Fallout continues as team officials weigh in with opposing views on the possible mishandling of the ‘Manx Missile’, with Mark Cavendish’s own wife joining the fray.

Read on Cycling Central More Like This


Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France

Pressure. The Tour de France presses down on everyone, but even more so if you have something to prove. From established veterans needing to prove they’ve still got the fire to riders making long-awaited Tour debuts, there are plenty of big names that head into this Tour de France with something to prove, for one … The post Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

Read on Cycling Tips More Like This


Tour de France: Nizzolo assumes sprinter's role for Dimension Data to take fourth

Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data)

Following the controversial omission of Mark Cavendish from Dimension Data 's eight-man squad for this year's Tour de France , teammate Giacomo Nizzolo has taken on the role as the team's main sprinter, and took fourth place in the sprint finish to stage 1 in Brussels on Saturday. Nizzolo was well beaten by surprise winner Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan, but resolved to try again on the flatter stages to come next week, following Sunday's team time trial. Teammates Edvald Boasson Hagen and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg had been able to position Nizzolo close enough to the front of the bunch coming into the final kilometre of the race to avoid the crash that took down Teunissen's teammate and main sprinter Dylan Groenewegen. "It was a strange sprint, because it went slightly uphill, and the speed dropped down at 300 metres to go," said ...

Read on Cycling News More Like This


Commentary: Leaving Cavendish at home was the right call for Dimension Data

photo

Leaving Mark Cavendish off its Tour de France roster was the right move for Dimension Data, writes Fred Dreier. Read the full article at Commentary: Leaving Cavendish at home was the right call for Dimension Data on VeloNews.com .

Read on Velo News More Like This


Live blog Grand Depart special: The full story of Mark Cavendish's heartwarming ride with fan, 5, upset his hero was missing the Tour de France + all the news from Brussels as the race starts + more

Evan Llewellyn and Mark Cavendish

All the news from the site and beyond as the Tour de France gets under way in Brussels

Read on road.cc More Like This


Tour de France 2019: Jumbo's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Pete Muir 6 Jul 2019 The first yellow jersey goes to the surprise Dutch winner Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen won Stage 1 of the 2019 Tour de France to take the first yellow jersey of the race. While his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught up in a crash in the final few kilometres, Teunissen managed to out-sprint Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) by a tyre-width to take the stage. Sagan took second place (and will wear his favourite green jersey as a result of Teunissen being in yellow), followed by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal. On a mostly flat stage from Brussels to Brussels, there was little to challenge the GC contenders, all of whom made it safely across the line in the bunch. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was suffering from injuries caused by a crash earlier in the race, but still claimed the same time as his main rivals. The polka-dot jersey went to ...

Read on Cyclist More Like This


Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Pete Muir 6 Jul 2019 The first yellow jersey goes to the surprise Dutch winner Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen won Stage 1 of the 2019 Tour de France to take the first yellow jersey of the race. While his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught up in a crash in the final few kilometres, Teunissen managed to out-sprint Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) by a tyre-width to take the stage. Sagan took second place (and will wear his favourite green jersey as a result of Teunissen being in yellow), followed by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal. On a mostly flat stage from Brussels to Brussels, there was little to challenge the GC contenders, all of whom made it safely across the line in the bunch. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was suffering from injuries caused by a crash earlier in the race, but still claimed the same time as his main rivals. The polka-dot jersey went to ...

Read on Cyclist More Like This


Dimension Data managers clash over Cavendish’s absence from the Tour

Supported by BRUSSELS, Belgium (CT) – Dimension Data team owner Doug Ryder and its sport director Rolf Aldag stood in front of the same bus, wore the same logos, and spoke on the same subject: the exclusion of Mark Cavendish from Dimension Data’s Tour de France team. They do not agree. Mark Cavendish should be at this … The post Dimension Data managers clash over Cavendish’s absence from the Tour appeared first on CyclingTips .

Read on Cycling Tips More Like This


Aldag and Ryder clash over Mark Cavendish's Tour de France non-selection

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) on stage 6 of the 2019 Tour of California

The drama following Mark Cavendish 's non-selection for this year's Tour de France showed no signs of subsiding after Dimension Data team manager Doug Ryder and head of performance Rolf Aldag publicly aired their differing opinions over the inclusion of the sprinter before the start of stage 1. Ryder was surprisingly absent from the team's pre-race press conference on Friday instead, allowing four of his riders to front up and face questions over a line-up decision they were never included in. But a day later at the start of stage 1 in Brussels he confirmed that Cavendish's non-selection had been a management decision. However, that claim looked somewhat suspect with Rolf Aldag, the team's head of high performance, confirming that he strongly lobbied for Cavendish's inclusion in the Tour de France, only to be overruled by Ryder. The two spoke at different points in the morning, which only added to ...

Read on Cycling News More Like This


Confusion and denials about who was responsible for decision not to bring Mark Cavendish to the Tour

Mark Cavendish - 1.jpg

Who decided Cavendish should stay at home?

Read on road.cc More Like This


Tour de France 2019: everything you need to know

Tour de France 2018 Paris Champs-Elysees finish

Our essential guide for lifelong fans and first-time watchers alike

Read on Bike Radar More Like This


A ride down memory lane with Allan Peiper

Supported by Allan Peiper is a living link between Australian and Belgian cycling. Having resided in Belgium for the best part of 40 years, his is a link that was first forged when he arrived as a junior cyclist in 1977. Illness forced his return to Australia after three years, but after Peiper returned to Europe in … The post A ride down memory lane with Allan Peiper appeared first on CyclingTips .

Read on Cycling Tips More Like This


Tour de France countdown podcast: Thomas, Porte, Cummings, Bennett

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) rides to the Tour de France presentation in Brussels

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville - Stephen Farrand, Brecht Decaluwé, and Daniel Benson cover another set of pre- Tour de France team press conferences, including Groupama-FDJ, AG2R La Mondiale, Trek-Segafredo, and Deceuninck-QuickStep. We debate the chances of all of those teams before heading into the centre of Brussels for the official teams presentation. There we talk to Geraint Thomas about the leadership duties at Team Ineos and how he will aim to defend his title with Egan Bernal in the same squad. Steve Cummings , who always fronts up with genuine answers, gives his take on Mark Cavendish’s controversial non-selection - even if the Dimension Data press officer tries to intervene. A relaxed Richie Porte talks about his Tour ambitions, Team Ineos, and whether this is his final attempt at cracking the biggest race ...

Read on Cycling News More Like This